Mother Dies In Hospital After Family Killed In Car Fire
The mother of three children who were killed in a car fire with their father in Brisbane has died in hospital after suffering severe burns in the tragedy.
Rowan Baxter, 42, died alongside his children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey on a quiet suburban street in Brisbane's east on Wednesday morning.
His wife Hannah, a 31-year-old fitness coach, survived the fire and was taken in a critical condition to hospital with significant burns.
On Wednesday evening, Queensland police confirmed that she had since died in hospital, after succumbing to her injuries.
Police have said it is too early to tell whether the incident was a murder-suicide or an accident.
Prior to his death, Rowan Baxter had posted online comments saying he missed his children.
A member of the New Zealand Warriors NRL squad in the mid-2000s without playing a first-grade game, Baxter had until recently ran a Brisbane fitness centre with his wife who was a trampolining champion.
Rowan and Hannah married in 2012 but it's understood they had recently separated and were trying to work out custody arrangements.
They were not involved in any proceedings in the Family Court or Federal Court.
The pair ran Integr8 Fitness at Capalaba, south of Brisbane. The business reportedly shut down late last year.
Emergency services were called to the scene on Wednesday after reports a car was alight.
On arrival about 8.30 am, police said the three children were found dead inside the vehicle.
Paramedics attempted to revive Rowan but he was declared dead at the scene. Hannah was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition with "significant" burns.
Police said preliminary investigations indicate Hannah was driving the car and Rowan was in the front passenger seat.
Paramedic Adrian Tong said a passer-by had tried to rush to the car to help.
"Somebody did step in to try and help that was close by," he said.
"I think he tried his best to get to the car."
Tong said seven vehicles with first responders and doctors were sent to the scene. Crews who attended were immediately stood down and will be debriefed.
Detective Inspector Mark Thompson described the scene as "horrific".
"It would be a horrific thing for emergency services, police, fire and ambulances to deal with in the coming days," he said.
Baxter's Facebook profile was littered with pictures of his three children, all aged under 10, along with comments he "loves them to the moon and back" and "daddy misses you all".
Five days ago his friend Joey Abraham wrote under a photo of little Trey: "Chin up brother everything will work out just hang in there my bro a lot of people care about you and the situation your facing. (sic)"
Neighbours reported hearing multiple explosions before seeing the car engulfed in flames. Police will not comment on how the fire started.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has paid his respects, along with Brisbane's Lord Mayor who visited the scene of the tragedy and laid flowers.
Thompson has urged members of the public who live in the area and may have witnessed or have information about the incident to contact police.
A major crime scene has been established with police cordoning off a large part of the street and several side streets.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 000. If you need help and advice, call 1800Respect on 1800 737 732, or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
- With AAP